Tuesday, May 13, 2008

John Holt

John Holt originally came to fame as lead singer (though not the original lead singer) of The Paragons, whose biggest hit was “The Tide Is High”, which those of us born after, say, 1968 think of primarily as a Blondie song…

Holt shares the Gump-like attribute of the other singers who have continued to carve out careers in reggae from the sixties forward in that he was there for many, many stylistic changes and musical eras…ska, rocksteady, lovers rock, rockers, roots, dancehall, etc…Few have maintained the level of quality and integrity that Holt has, though…

To learn more, check out the awesome John Holt bio on All Music Guide.

The Paragons: When the Lights are Low
from On the Beach: the Best of the Paragons 66 - 82

My Satisfaction (Extended Mix)
from a Studio One 12" rip

Have You Ever Been In Love
from a Studio One 12" rip

John Holt: The Clock
from a Clock Tower Records 12" rip

For the Love of You
from Darker Than Blue: Soul from Jamdown (1973-1980)

I'm the One
from 200% Dynamite!

Police in Helicopter
from Police in Helicopter

Tonight
from Soul Music for Sale